Okay I am so so so excited to have Bart Yasso, as my guest for Five Fast Facts this week!!!
For most runners, the name Bart Yasso immediately rings a bell. Yasso is a household name in running and has a lasting impact on the running community.
For a brief refresher, Yasso was the chief running officer of Runner’s World magazine before retiring in 2017. He has been named the unofficial “Mayor of Running” and has been inducted into the Running USA Hall Of Champions.
Yasso has completed a marathon on all seven continents. He has also written a book “My Life On The Run” which highlights his life as a runner, the battles he’s faced, and why he started running competitively.
Yasso is also the creator of the marathon training staple, the Yasso 800’s.
How to do a Yasso 800:
- Convert your marathon time from hours and minutes to minutes and seconds
- For example, my marathon time is 2 hours and 36 minutes. For a Yasso 800 I would convert my 2 hour and 36 minute marathon to 2 minutes and 36 seconds for an 800.
- Start with 1-2 reps initially and work up to more as you get stronger.
- Looking for a more in depth description? Check it out here.
Here are Five Fast Facts from Bart Yasso!
1. How did you get started running?
- Yasso: I started running in 1977 I just wanted to run a few miles per week but I got hooked 40 plus years later I’m still running.
2. Location of your favorite run you’ve ever been on
- Yasso: My favorite race is the Comrades Marathon in South Africa the oldest and largest ultra in the world. They call it a marathon but it is 56 miles. My favorite run was in the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. It was not a race just a training run.
3. What is your favorite quote?
- Yasso: Pre – To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.
4. Who is your role model?
- Yasso: I use the entire running community as my role model
5. What is your favorite food?
- Yasso: I’m a 30 year vegetarian a veggie stir fry and fruit smoothie
I grew up in a house where my dad was an avid runner. I knew all about Yasso before he came to speak at ZAP camp in 2017. I couldn’t believe that THE Bart Yasso was coming all the way down to the middle of the woods to speak to a group of runners. I was so excited to meet him, and I was beyond excited to tell my dad Yasso was the camp speaker for the week.
Yasso gave an incredible speech to the ZAP campers. His life is full of such unique experiences and he shares those experiences with such enthusiasm and passion. The entire ZAP camp was captivated, and there were endless questions for him after the presentation.
While Yasso definitely has an impressive resume, I think the most impressive thing about him is that he is one of the most friendly and approachable people I have ever met. He is engaging and takes the time to make everyone he speaks to feel special.
I ran into him in March at the Shamrock half marathon in Virginia Beach. Even though he was a speaker at the Shamrock Marathon Expo (AKA very busy!), he took the time to ask about me, how my running was going, and meet my parents. This meant the absolute world to my dad.
The main goal of my blog is to connect runners of all levels together and I can’t think of a person who does that better than Bart Yasso does.
I’ve only touched on a few of the ways Yasso has been a positive influence on the running world. There is no possible way I could list them all, but I will put a few highlights with links below.
Yasso takes selfies with people at various races. You can check out the full article here but the list includes everyone from the everyday runner to Shalane Flanagan!!
He also creates a B.A.R.T guide for various races across the country. I am from Atlanta, so the Peachtree Road Race has been a race I have participated in since I was in high school. Check out Yasso’s B.A.R.T guide on Peachtree here (all very true and incredibly helpful information!)
If one thing has been made clear, it’s that you don’t get dubbed the Mayor of Running for no reason.